Katz’s is not a traditional deli, in that they don’t have a full menu. Sure, they have the best pastrami. For any type of celebration, I used to go to Katz’s. But I wouldn’t consider it a family style deli, the Jewish equivalent of a diner. It specializes in one thing, with some other meats included. I’m thinking about a deli with smoked fish platters (lox, cod, whitefish), stuffed cabbage, mushroom barley soup, kreplach soup, and cabbage soup, chicken in the pot, fresh knishes (not the dried ones Katz’s has sitting next to the hot dogs that they bought from Yonah Schimmel’s), kishka, chopped liver, and a bounty of desserts including cheesecake, tapioca pudding, and rice pudding. Outside the touristy areas this does not exist in NY anymore. I love Eisenberg’s, but that is a lunch counter not a deli. This type of deli exists in many parts of the country and are better than what you get in NY. I don’t know why the Jewish deli has died in NY. It doesn’t make sense. NY may have cleaned up, but it lost it’s soul. This is not the NY I know. I seriously feel like there’s very little reason to visit. It’s a big outdoor mall with an international food court.